As a dancer turned executive director, Proverb recognizes Yvette Campbell for her vision, perseverance, and commitment.
A native Californian and one of Fast Company’s “100 Most Creative People of 2011,” Yvette Campbell became passionate about dance at The University of California at Berkley, graduating with a degree in Applied Mathematics and Art-Dance. This multi-disciplinarian performed and toured with the university’s dance company, where she won the university’s highest honor in dance, The Eisner Prize.
After suffering a dance injury while studying at The Ailey School, Campbell worked as the School Administrator, and trained three successors. After leaving Ailey, she danced with Elisa Monte Dance for six years as a principal, touring over 26 countries. In 2000, Campbell retired from performing and relocated to London where she continued teaching and choreographing. In 2005 Campbell served as the Director of the Ailey Extension for more than five years, a continuing education program which she named, developed, and organized from its inception. The program has since served more than 42,000 adult students.
In 2011, Campbell became the Executive Director of the Harlem School for the Arts, an institution providing arts education in music, dance, theater and visual arts to the Harlem community for the past 46 years. An extraordinary visionary, talented, and confident leader, Campbell has already raised over two million dollars to advance the Harlem School of the Arts. Campbell’s love of the arts is evident as she strives to make HSA one of the premier schools of the arts, serving the Harlem community and beyond.
When asked about the challenges ahead, Campbell says “These are tough times, but tough times are when you need the arts. The Harlem Renaissance, blues, jazz, hip-hop — they all came out of hard times and the possibility of change.”
Read more on Campbell & the Harlem School for the Arts here.